Overheidssteun voor religie : antiperfectionisme of perfectionisme?Overheidssteun voor religie : antiperfectionisme of perfectionisme?
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Center for Ethics
2015Den Haag, 2015
Netherlands journal of legal philosphy. - Den Haag, 2012, currens
44(2015):1, p. 62-82
University of Antwerp
I will argue that it is possible to give a neutral or antiperfectionist legitimation for state support for religion, which I consider a perfectionist good that is not in the common interest. I will argue that state support for perfectionist goods (and thus also for religion) can, in some circumstances and under certain conditions, be allowed as a second-best option in order to guarantee an adequate range of valuable options to choose among - and this range of options is a necessary condition for autonomy. Subsequently, I will argue that the bottom line - which is also the limit - for support is a sufficient range of valuable options. Furthermore, I will argue that state support for religion is only allowed if there is a democratic consensus about the value of that particular perfectionist good. Finally, I will claim that state support for religion is only allowed under certain conditions.